This is perhaps the tightest of the new Bonds, nonetheless the wine offers a dense, focused core of dried berry, black licorice, crushed rock and dried herb flavors. Most impressive on the finish, where the flavors fan out. (JL)
Dark medium ruby. Very pure aromas of cassis, blackberry, violet, licorice, graphite and crushed stone. Densely packed and very fine-grained, displaying lovely detail and subtle sweetness in the style of the vintage's best examples. Already boasts terrific inner-mouth tension but this rather brooding wine is quite backward today. The black fruit and saline mineral flavors mount slowly and build on the finish, nicely buffering the wine's serious but seamless tannins. This will need time to display its full personality but has the backbone to ensure a leisurely evolution in bottle. (ST)
Another gorgeous, deeply expressive wine, the 2009 Quella is showing beautifully. Mocha, plum, bittersweet chocolate and raspberry jam give the wine its sumptuous, up-front personality. Exotic, ripe and racy to the core, the 2009 is a true joy to taste today. Silky tannins add to the wine’s considerable appeal. This is an especially full-bodied, voluptuous wine with all of its elements in the right place. (AG)
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